AMERICAN CASEY CURRIE RACES IN THE DAKAR
Born into a racing family, there’s no question Casey Currie has long possessed the drive to build a name for himself in motorsport. Growing up in Anaheim Hills, California, Casey was obsessed with anything mechanical, and at 5 years old he was racing motorcycles.
Now 34 and racing in the 2019 Dakar Rally for the first time, Casey will have to put all of his lessons to work for Monster Energy Can-Am. Before becoming a Can-Am racer in 2016, he’d already won off-road desert races with motorcycles, trucks, and buggies. There isn’t enough space to list his off-road accomplishments: fans of the MDR Series, Baja 1000, SuperMoto, King of the Hammers, Lucas Oil Off-Road Series, and Monster Jam have already watched Casey race for wins and championships.
When he’s not on the road, racing, or building off-road vehicles, he's spending time with family or playing in the dirt with friends—with Jeeps, dirt bikes, SSVs, mountain bikes, whatever—as long as it’s off road
In 1984, then-graduate Reinaldo Varela and two of his cousins thought that the tasty meals served on the family farm would be very successful if served in a restaurant. Securing the support of their parents and the person responsible for the food—their grandmother, known as Dona Iza—they opened their first colonial farm-themed restaurant. Now, more than 200 locations prepare Dona Iza’s recipes across Brazil.
At the same time, Reinaldo’s passion for racing counted more than 370 events over 37 years of competition. He’s won two world championships in cross country rally, for a career that adds up to one of the winningest in Brazil and South America. After being invited to drive a race-prepared Can-Am Commander in the Dakar, he vowed to go all the way and return with a Maverick X3, plus the preparation and support of South Racing Can-Am.
Just as SSVs became an official Dakar class, his efforts to compete at the front in the Maverick X3 started to pay off. He led the class most of the days, winning many stages and finished as the 2018 Dakar champion in the side-by-side segment. Last year’s win was also the first title for Can-Am at Dakar.
Reinaldo starts this year’s race as a fan favorite to repeat his Dakar victory—and he’s just as hungry to win as ever.
Gerard Farrés was born in Manresa, Spain, on March 24, 1979, and spent his childhood in Olost de Lluçanès, a small town of only a thousand inhabitants in the heart of Catalonia. For practicing his off-road skills, it would be an idyllic spot: in the middle of nature, surrounded by forests and fields full of life. Through his first race at 14 in the Championship of Catalonia of Enduro for Children, his career soared after being selected to compete in World Enduro competition. There, he trained with and competed against some of the world’s best riders as part of the Real Federación Motociclista Española (RFME) team.
In addition to winning a World Championship in that category, they also managed to win the Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) three times with the RFME junior team: in Australia, Portugal and Grenada. But it was just the start: Gerard has competed in the Rally Dakar three times, with numerous top finishes in Baja Spain, Rally Merzouga, and other long-distance rallies.
He’s a newcomer to the world of 4-wheeled machines, but he’s as quick as you’d expect for someone used to standing at the top of the podium. This year’s Dakar will be his strongest challenge yet.
López began riding motorcycles at 4 years of age through the encouragement of his father Renato López, a national motocross champion. His nickname Chaleco comes from the Spanish for vest, particularly the vest used for race protection. He returned to the Dakar in 2019 to compete in the SxS category, winning 4 stages and achieving his first title.
Dakar quad Rally Raid winner Sergey Karyakin’s road to success.
While being one of the youngest participants of the scoring, he has already become a champion of Dakar Rally. Sergei Karyakin is the first Russian racer who became a champion in rally Dakar in the category ATV.
Nowadays Sergei is the leader of his own racing team, which constantly find new technical solutions. Team’s victories on the international sport arena - Silk Way Rally, Rallye du Maroc, Can-Am X Race on Can-Am Maverick – confirm the accuracy of the chosen path. The racer shares his experience with children – this year Sergei Karyakin driving school for children was established.
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